Friday, August 5, 2016

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram – Gopurams (Towers)

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram – Gopurams (Towers)
The skyscraping gopurams (spires) truly dominate the skyline of Rameshwaram. The temple is 865 feet in length east to west and 675 feet in breadth north to south. The east tower is 126 feet in height and the west tower is 78 feet in height. There are unfinished gopurams on the north and south side entrances which was completed recently.
It is also most essential to construct the North and South Gopurams. Shri Jagadguru Sringeri Peetathipathi and Shri Jagadguru Kanchi Kamakoti Peetathipathi have given their kind blessings for the constructions of the North and South Gopurams of the Temple.
Besides a five-tier 91-foot-tall Rajagopuram at the southern entrance, the Sharada Peetham has also constructed full granite Mangala gopuram in front of Amman Sannadhi. The Rajagopuram at the northern entrance was built by Karpagam College of Engineering.
For several centuries, the temple had only two towers – the 126-foot-tall nine-tier Rajagopuram on the eastern side, and the 76-foot-tall five-tier gopuram at the western entrance.
The main entrance of the temple tower has many storeys and stands tall. Encompassing nine levels, the eastern Rajagopuram (spire) soars to the height of 126 feet. However, the western 'gopuram' is not as high as the eastern 'gopuram', still it is equally captivating.
The Temple Gopurams are coated with Alkaline resistant paint to prevent from saline and humid air. Height of the West Gopuram is 78 Feet and has 5 tiers. Height of the east Gopuram is 126 feet and has 9 tiers. 

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